Monday, February 04, 2013
1. What are your goals for this challenge? What do you want to accomplish (doesn't specifically have to be weight related) over these next 8 weeks?
Over the next 8 weeks, I want to lose about 16-20 pounds. I also want to work on strength training my abs, core, arms, and legs.
2. How will you go about reaching those goals and work toward those accomplishments? What do you need to do to make them happen?
I need to continue tracking my food on a daily basis. I also need to go to the gym at least 3 days a week for 80 minutes. I will spend 65 minutes doing cardio, and the remaining time working on strength training.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Other than the scale I've noticed other things this past week.
1) I have SOOO much energy!
I literally can't sit still. It is amazing! I used to sit on the couch in a comatose state,and
now I am lucky if I can sit for 45 mins.
2) Stabilized Mood
I've noticed that I have been waking up in a great mood every morning. My stress level
has decreased, and for the first time in a LONG time my Bi-Polar moods have been
3) I feel good!!
I have much more self-esteem and feel like I have control. Someone told me I looked
good yesterday, and I was finally able to say, "hell yeah I do" :)
4) Better Sleep
Since I am now being much more productive during the day, I'm actually tired at
normal bed time hours. No more staying up until 1 or 2am and only getting 5 hours of
sleep. I am having a good solid 7-8 hours nightly, and I am no longer so tired that I have
to nap during the day.
5) Exercise & Food Tracking
If I don't make it to the gym, I find myself craving it! I NEVER thought that I would be one
of " those" people!! I enjoy the time to myself, and I feel so accomplished when I am
done. Plus for me, it makes drinking water a lot easier!
I have also found that I find the Food Tracking aspect of Spark, FUN! I like knowing
exactly what I am putting in my mouth. (Even if it's a cheeseburger). It really makes you
think, and going grocery shopping is a new experience. I finally find myself looking at
labels and comparing items.
So really, when I think about it...all these other "perks" makes losing weight that much sweeter! I am a "new" me, and it's super exciting and inspiring. This is it....it's really going to happen this time!!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Hi there :)
I just wanted to check-in and let everyone know how things are going this week. This is my first week back on SP since last August. I did incredibly well on my weight loss journey last year, and I hope to do the same this year.
Last year, I was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder. I have to say that living with this disorder has been the toughest thing I've ever had to face. I have spent a lot of time trying to work through it. It's not always easy, but this week I have noticed that the extra exercise has done a wonderful job keeping those mood swings at bay.
I know now that exercise on top of the medication and therapies are necessary to maintain some sort of balance in my life.
This past week I have tracked all my calories, worked out regularly, cut down on drinking diet pop, added more water, and have managed to take better care of myself and the household.
Even if I gain this week (which I am hoping not), I know that I put the best of me towards this, and that I want to continue to feel this way for as long as I can.
Happy Sparking Everyone!! :)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with Major Depression & Anxiety Disorders. I've had many serious ups and downs, but since early this year I seem to be on a better medication.
Having Depression & Anxiety makes it really hard to lose weight. The loss of energy is probably one of the worst symptoms of Depression. So is the hopelessness & self criticism.
This past week I have not been feeling well. For some reason, I have been feeling overwhelmed and stressed. I think a lot of it has to do with the kids going back to school next week. It's a stressful time, especially for a single mom.
My Depression & Anxiety have prevented me from holding any type of job, and I am very lucky to have qualified for social security this last year. My friends think I have it made, but I would trade it all just not to have these disorders!
Doing laundry, going shopping, cooking meals, and etc. are so hard for me to do. Worst of all I can't multitask anymore to save my life!
These roadblocks are definitely hard to work through. Losing weight for me is a huge deal. Lately, I have been having a very hard time sticking to the calories and not over-eating. I think I am harder on myself then anyone I know. I weigh in tomorrow, and I am anticipating a weight gain. I surely deserve one.
I am hoping that no matter what the scale does, that I can accept it and move on. With Depression I tend to dwell on things longer than most. It is hard not to think of failing at weight loss, because to be honest I have failed at many things in life.
I probably would have given up already, but I see my kids and there are so many things that I want to do with them before they grow up. A lot of things that most kids should do, but unfortunately I am too overweight to do them. I know that I have mentioned Cedar Point, but other things such as fitting in the seats of a stadium to watch a game, or going camping and being able to comfortably sleep on the ground. Let's not mention that I'd love to take the kids to the Sand Dunes & I know that right now I am in no physical shape to do so.
All these things weigh on my mind as I go through my weight loss journey. I'm trying to learn how to live with my Depression & Anxiety, but this is seriously the hardest thing that I have ever encountered.
I just want to be the best me I can, and I know that right now I am not. I love the support on Spark People and I love being able to blog how I am feeling on any particular day.
I just wanted to share with my spark friends a little background into my life, and maybe some people can relate to the things I say.
Thank you everyone that reads my blogs, and for all the support you have given me. It really does help me on days that are tough and it seems like lately I've been having more and more. The last thing I want to do is gain the 10.5 pounds I have lost in the last month. It's a small success, but at this point I'll take any success that I can get!
Thank ya'll for listening.
Much love to you all!
Monday, August 22, 2011
This has been a particularly rough week tracking, exercising, and staying on my calories. I guess I just haven't been feelin it this week. Although, I feel incredibly guilty for the poor choices that I have made.
I haven't been eating every 4 hours, so when I'm hungry I am definitely making poor food choices and overindulging. I haven't been exercising and I've been making up excuses as to why I can't.
I have been doing really well the past few weeks, but to be honest I am terrified to weigh in on Wednesday. Any weight I gain will totally be understandably and am hoping it will jump start my motivation to get back on track next week.
It sucks when you know you've been doing bad, and you just give up the rest of the week because of it. I know that I can do better than this. I want to lose the weight, and I want to reach my goals.
Everyone says that "bad" weeks are all part of the journey, I guess so...lol.
I'll take the good with the bad, and hopefully in the end the good will win.
I just need to remind myself that I am human, but I also need to stop making excuses for myself. Excuses are not going to get me where I want to be.
On a positive note, I am still here and I feel an overwhelming gratitude for the support I've received on Spark.
Wednesday starts are new week, and I will continue to rock on with my bad self and get back on track. Remember from my previous blogs, I have to be a fighter and I have the greatest motivation of all, my children.
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